Fr. Rick's Sermons

Oral and Written Tradition
Sunday, April 19, 2015

How many of us, in sharing our experiences of Holy Week and other elements of our Greek Orthodox Faith and Church, hear a response like, “Mmmm, that’s not in the Bible is it?” If someone said to us, “Sola

Job Prefigures Jesus
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Are you suffering? Are you hurting? Are you in pain? What is the nature of your difficulties? Suffering is one of the most common experiences of us human beings. We do not live in a perfect world.

God's Laundry List
Sunday, April 05, 2015

How many of us, in preparing for the coming Feast of Pascha, have a laundry list of things to do? Especially if we are hosting friends and relatives, we have lots of preparations to make: cleaning, food preparation, getting extra chairs, and the like.

In today’s Epistle reading (Hebrews 9:11-14) for the Fifth Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, it begins with this verse: 11But Christ came as

How to Climb the Ladder
Sunday, March 22, 2015

How many of us have used a ladder lately? If we are too old or too young, hopefully we have not used a ladder lately! A short stepladder has big steps that one can stand on but it doesn’t go very high. A tall ladder has small steps.

Long Road Trip or Direct Flight
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Some of us are old enough to remember long car rides in cross-country vacations, going from state to state to see relatives, family, friends, national parks, scenic sights and historical places. Did it all happen in one day? No, there were stops along the way: to get gas, go to the bathroom, and/or rest for the night.

God Sees Us
Sunday, March 01, 2015

When we were little kids how often did we say to our parents: “Mom, mom, look at me…Dad, dad, watch this…” We may have had something new or novel that we discovered or mastered and we wanted to show what we could do. It was important to us that our mom and dad saw us.

How to Fast from Food
Sunday, February 22, 2015

A group of Orthodox Christians were socializing and engaging in conversation.

Nice Jesus?
Sunday, February 15, 2015

How many of us have pets? Perhaps a dog or a cat or hamster? And do we notice how we talk to our pets? Often, we talk to them like we talk to babies, infants and toddlers—with an exaggerated affectionate voice. Good doggie, nice kitty. You’re so cute. You’re nice and cuddly.

Parable of the Loving-Forgiving Father
Sunday, February 08, 2015

Today’s Gospel reading (of the 17th Sunday of Luke 15:11-32) is commonly known as the “Parable of the Prodigal Son” (Greek = ‘Asotou’). It is read every year between the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and the Sunday of Meatfare.

Love God- All Good
Sunday, February 01, 2015

Today we commemorate St. Tryphon the Martyr. He was born in the village of Lampsakos, in the district of Phyrgia of Asia Minor. Even from a young age, Tryphon was given the power to cast out demons and to heal various illnesses.

Restitution & Restoration
Sunday, January 25, 2015

When you were young did you ever taken money from the parents’ purse or wallet without asking them or telling them? How much was it? $1, $5, $50 or more? And what happened when they discovered it missing and determined that you took it? What if they never found out? Did you have a enough remorse and guilt to admit to them

Heresies & Heretics
Sunday, January 18, 2015

God became man so that man could become God” (repeat). If this phrase sounds familiar, it should because it was a main theme of my sermon a few weeks ago on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ. And you may also remember that this phrase (repeat) is attributed to St. Athanasios the Great.

Feast of Lights
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Last week we talked about the power of the Holy Spirit. We also mentioned the power of electricity. Electricity is what gives us light when it is dark. In the natural world, light is like water. It is one of our basic necessities. Without the light of the sun, nothing would grow.

Holy Spirit Power
Sunday, January 04, 2015

What would we do right now if the power went out? Could we function without electricity? Could we celebrate the Divine Liturgy? The answer is yes. It might be a little colder and it might be a little darker but we can still worship God with the keri (was candles) and candili (oil lamps) to give us light and warmth.

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